Wednesday , March 3 2021

2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Asia postponed due to Coronavirus!

Following consultation with Asia’s member associations, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have agreed to postpone the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar as follows:

  • Matches originally scheduled to take place during the international window of March 23-31, 2020 and June 1-9, 2020 are postponed to later dates
  • FIFA and the AFC will discuss further details of the postponed matches

However, in order to support the member associations concerned, and provided that the safety of all individuals involved meets the required standards and that the member associations due to play each other mutually agree, the match(es) may still be played during the international windows of March or June 2020, but always subject to prior approval from both FIFA and the AFC.

FIFA and the AFC have also agreed to postpone the 2020 AFC Futsal Championship in Turkmenistan, which serves as the qualifiers for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania, until August 5-16, 2020.

The upcoming qualifiers for the Olympic Football Tournaments are foreseen to be played as scheduled, with the exception of the women’s Olympic qualifiers play-off between South Korea and China, which will now take place during the international window of June 1-10, 2020.

FIFA and the AFC will continue to assess the situation in relation to COVID-19 and will decide whether further changes to the schedule of Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers are required, always with the aim of protecting the safety and health of all individuals involved.

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